My Winter Break Plans

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Free Time, Siena, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Hey guys, exciting life update: I just found out that this winter break I officially will be traveling to Israel for 10 days with USC Hillel through Birthright! I had heard about Birthright at the beginning of my freshman year at USC and immediately decided that at some point in my 4 years here I had to participate. A couple …

Getting over midterms: LA style

Yingyu Sun Food, Museums, Music, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Happy Friday!! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Monday. Now that midterm season is winding down, it’s about time we spend some time getting some well-deserved rest! So what does a weekend in LA look like? For me, three things: football, food and Downtown LA. Trojans will tell you fall semester is all …

LA Live: Favorite Music Venues Around Los Angeles

Rhea Choudhury Best of LA, Free Time, Music, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

One of my absolute favorite parts of going to school in a city as fast-paced and alive as Los Angeles is the opportunity to explore a vibrant live music scene. So many artists move out to LA to get their big break, get signed to a massive record label, and go on world tours, but for all those artists that …

Engineering and Arts go together like PB&J

Shuntaro Nishi Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Music, Shuntaro, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

The Defiant Ones. No this post is not about being an angsty teenager rebelling against their parents. This is about the television series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I think the first thing this blog will address is the lie they feed you about how the right and left side of the brain are separated and no person can …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

A Parentless Parent’s Weekend

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit

This past weekend was Trojan Family weekend, so the tailgates and stadium seats were filled with just as many parents as students. Everywhere you turned, you could see students excitedly introducing their parents to their friends, taking family photos, and brainwashing parents to “fight on”. However, I didn’t do any of these things because my parents weren’t able to make …

When the going gets tough, the tough get help from their ~support systems~

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life

This week has been a rough one, friends. I had many a midterm, caught the flu, had a homework assignment that took over 12 hours to complete, not one but two meetings at the crack of dawn, and a class conflict. After many nights sleeping not enough for a functioning human, everything got too much and I realized I couldn’t …

“Hey! Would you like a free T-Shirt?”

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

“All you have to do is record yourself pitching a 30 second idea to solve a problem you’ve encountered on campus, in your day to day life, or in the surrounding community.” This is the premise behind Spark SC’s annual 2-month long, campus-wide pitch competition dubbed, “1000 Pitches”. Participants are free to share absolutely any idea they have in a …

Tip #1: Networking, a professional term for making friends

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Campus Events, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Viterbi Life, Work

It is career fair and job search season so I decided to give a little tip on my experiences with networking, which you can hopefully use and learn from for future situations! I’ll maybe even start a little series of blog posts that’ll be titled Ramiro’s Tips! When you become more involved in your preparation towards a professional career, you …

Volunteers Around the World

Timothy Marino Abroad, Chemical, Service, Tim

I’d like to use my blog this week to talk about a really cool organization I’ve been part of since my first semester at USC – Volunteers Around the World (VAW). VAW is an international humanitarian institution devoted to improving the standard of living for those who live in some of the most poverty-stricken communities across the globe. With its …

Why GE’s are Actually Amazing

Namita Prakash Namita, Study, Why USC

Hello Hello! It has been another whirlwind of a week! Wow. Sophomore year is continuing to be super busy, but it’s still super gratifying to be growing so much as a computer scientist. I still love my CS classes, but now I’ve even come to really appreciate the GE I’m taking. Yes, USC does have a General Education (GE) program. …

Posc 265: Environmentally Challenging myself

Siena Applebaum Siena, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

As an engineering major at USC, you won’t only be taking engineering classes. On top of your engineering coursework, USC also requires all students, regardless of their major, to take GE’s, or General Education classes. Each GE category has tons of different classes that meet the requirement, so it’s pretty easy to find something on the list that sounds interesting. …

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

Weekend Roadtrip: Feeling Alive in Death Valley

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Hikes, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

While I love being on campus and our little USC bubble, one of my absolute favorite things to do is go on roadtrips. My parents always took me to beautiful natural spaces as a kid, and my love for nature and the ~great outdoors~ has grown exponentially in the last few years. If I have a chill weekend ahead, I’ll …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Beginner’s Guide to Managing Midterms

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Nathan, Study

Midterms can be scary- especially when they’re your first ones of college. I remember stressing out during my first midterm season and getting confused how they could be “midterms” if we really had 2-3 per class in the semester. Here are some tips from my own experience about getting through your midterms. 1) Realize they’re not technically midterms. Yes, that’s …